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Stabenow, head of Latvian military tour Northern Strike exercises

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ALPENA —Alpena’s Combat Readiness Training Center hosted two dignitaries on Monday as U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Latvian Chief of Defense Lt. General Leonids Kalnins toured the onging Northern Strike military training exercises. Stabenow, D-Mich., praised the CRTC, calling it one of ...

Former RC superintendent gets 30 days in jail

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ROGERS CITY - Former Rogers City Superintendent Dave O’Bryant will serve some jail time for embezzlement charges. In 53rd Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Scott Pavlich sentenced O’Bryant to 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served, a $3,000 fine, and restitution, said Presque Isle ...

Alcona County Fair kicks off today in Lincoln

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LINCOLN — Today is the start of the 47th annual Alcona County Fair in Lincoln. The fair runs until Saturday. Referred to by locals as “The Best Little Fair in the North,” visitors can enjoy free admission to see the vendors today. The remainder of the week, admission is $5 for people ...

APS talks $60M in potential renovations

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Property Committee was provided an update from Luke Gerhart of Wolgast Corporation about a possible $60 million worth of renovations and add-ons to the schools on Monday. Superintendent John VanWagoner said $60 million would help the district get all new ...

Hillman school board approves parking lot sealing

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HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education on Monday approved sealing that was completed on the Jr./Sr. High School parking lot. The sealing was completed over the weekend and cost $12,000. Superintendent Carl Seiter said the district saved $2,756 by having the whole parking ...

A century apart, loving the fair together

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ALPENA — This year, the Alpena County Fair saw its most veteran exhibitor and one of its youngest exhibitors participate. Edna Manning was present at the fairgrounds this year to enter her vegetables in the fair. At 104 years old, Edna is the most-veteran exhibitor, having shown vegetables ...

Running the relay

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News Photo by Bill Speer The band Old, Not Dead performs at this year's Relay For Life held at the Great Lakes Maritime Trail. Hundreds of people participated in the 24-hour event.

PI County seeks tax for building and site fund

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By JORDAN SPENCE News Staff Writer ROGERS CITY - Ballot language for a new property tax proposal has been approved by the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners. The millage — a 0.5-mill, 20-year tax — would help create a building and site fund for the county. County Treasurer ...

Cruisin’ the car show

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News Photo by Pam Brunn People look at vintage and antique cars during the Thunder Bay Car Show on Saturday at Starlight Beach.

Just plowin’ around

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News Photos by Darby Hinkley The the 35th Annual Alpena Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show happened Saturday on French Road. Blacksmith Keith McLennan heats metal in an oven. At right, one of the many antique tractors on display.

Fishing Derby 2018 results

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On Saturday, Aug. 4, fishermen and women came out to Dodge Marine & Storage for the 28th Annual Long Lake Family Fishing Derby. Youth ages 15 and younger received a prize and adults could cash in on prizes over $1,000. All proceeds benefit the future of Long Lake Improvement Association ...

Northern Strike offers behind-the-scenes peek

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ALPENA – People have seen an increased military presence in the area because the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center has hosted the Northern Strike exercises. Local media members got the chance to tour the exercise area on Friday and see what the military members have been doing during ...

Skatin’ away a Sunday

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Bryan Abram, 19, and Truman Vaughn, 18, skateboard at the Alpena City Marina on Sunday.

TBTA sued over sex assault case

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ALPENA – A group of children and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against Thunder Bay Transportation Authority, Prell’s Services, and Andrew Bartz, a former bus assistant convicted in 2016 of sexually assaulted multiple children over a two-year span. The suit stems from ...

A queen is crowned

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POSEN —Miss Posen 2018 is Faith Romel, crowned Friday night at the 52nd Annual Miss Posen Pageant. She focused on strength and positivity in the question and speech portions of the competition. Romel is the daughter of Mandy and Eric Hackney. She plays basketball, softball, and volleyball, ...

‘It is not easy to put yourself out there and lose’

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ALPENA —Having multiple candidates to choose from when voting is critical to allowing voters to shape government in the form the majority wants. But it seems there are often fewer candidates filing to run for local elective office, leaving municipal boards to appoint members ...

Alcona Health Center offering free produce on Wednesday

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ALPENA — From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15, the Alcona County Health Center will be host a free produce event. In order to promote improved nutrition and better health within the community, the Health Center is partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to provide produce to the ...

Sponsoring the first-responders

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Courtesy photo Seen in this provided photo, from left to right, are Thrivent Financial representative Jeremy Jackson, firemen Mike Torok, Jeremiah Misiak, Rob Hamilton, Andy Williams, Rob Edmonds and Samantha Lucas, and Thrivent representative Mark Jackson. Thrivent will sponsor ...

Northland Area FCU donates $500

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Courtesy Photo Seen in this provided photo are, in the front row from left to right, Gary Stephan, Annie Wilk, Matt (Dino) Duthler, Connie Stephan, Lisa Abend, and, in the back row, from left to right, Kristine Brenner, Pete Dzuris, Jamaican Bygden, and Barbara Sealy, part of Northland Area ...

Volunteers needed for Christmas packing party

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Thrivent Financial is seeking volunteers to help pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program run through the nonprofit Samaritans Purse that sends shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to children ages 2 to 14 around the world. The packing happens from 10 ...